February 2011 Releases

Done with January 2011 Releases? Here are February’s releases. To see further into the future, check my Reading Wishlist.

Kat Falls
Dark Life (Dark Life, Book 1)
Scholastic (US: 1st February 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

The oceans rose, swallowing the lowlands. Earthquakes shattered the continents, toppling entire regions into the rising water. Now, humans live packed into stack cities. The only ones with any space of their own are those who live on the ocean floor: the Dark Life. Ty has spent his whole life living deep undersea. When outlaws attack his homestead, he finds himself in a fight to save the only home he has ever known. Joined by Gemma, a girl from Topside, Ty ventures into the frontier’s rough underworld and discovers some dark secrets to Dark Life. Secrets that threaten to destroy everything.

Megan Hart
Tithed [previously published as Everything Counts] [eBook only]
Samhain Publishing (US: 1st February 2011)

For most people, Arithmancy is no more than a jumble of numbers. For Somnus Keep instructor Elspeth Valerin, those numbers are her refuge, her passion. Her magic – her only magic since a painful incident from her past cripples her ability to unlock the inner power of the thrall. Today her calculations indicate change is in the air. That’s not what she smells when she enters The Slaughtered Lamb, though. She smells ale. Smoke. And when she catches a glimpse of the owner of the Lamb, memories. Tonight there’s a new face among the regulars in Connell Byrne’s pub. The woman he once loved with all his heart – before she left it in pieces. And one thing hasn’t changed: she is still clearly – inexplicably – afraid of him. Elspeth’s heart is racing. That she and Conn are here at this moment means her numbers were right. Beyond this moment, though, is a fate she cannot comprehend. The one equation she’s never been able to calculate. The one outcome she cannot control – love.

Darynda Jones
First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, Book 1)
Macmillan St. Martin’s (US: 1st February 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

Tobsha Learner
Yearn (anthology)
HarperCollins (AU: 1st February 2011)

A collection of nine mystical short stories, exploring the universal experiences of obsession, romantic encounters and secret regrets. A movie star longs for anonymity; a Sydney sculptor wonders whether a lover can be summoned by the act of artistic creation; a California call-centre worker seeks an online release in Second Life; a London weatherman inspires both obsessive lust and devastating storms; and an eighteenth-century biographer discovers a magic, erotic ritual which will change his life forever. The line between reality and imagination is blurred by the power of fantasy and desire.

Lora Leigh, Ava Gray, Michelle Rowen & Jory Strong
Primal (anthology)
Penguin Berkley (US & CA: 1st February 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Lora Leigh returns to her sensual world of the Breeds in “Kyote’s Ghost”, an all-new novella that explores just how savage, how far, and how deep a man is willing to go in the name of desire. Ava Gray now tells a tantalising tale of an ordinary man – blessed and cursed with extraordinary powers – who gets a second, deserving chance at life and love. Set in the same dark, seductive corners of the Nightshade universe, the new novella by Michelle Rowen draws an innocent young woman into the dark world of a vampire whose eternal love could be the death of her. Jory Strong’s startling novella of an angel who crosses the boundaries of desire when he falls desperately in love with a mortal female.

Karen Mahoney
The Iron Witch (The Iron Witch, Book 1)
Random House (AU: 1st February 2011); Flux (US: 8th February 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Freak. That’s what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna’s own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic, which branded her hands and arms with iron tattoos. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma. When the vicious wood elves – the darkest outcasts of Faerie – abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries-old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey drop-out with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend – even if it means betraying everything her parents fought to protect.

Michelle Rowen
Nightshade (Nightshade, Book 1)
Penguin Berkley Sensation (US & CA: 1st February 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Jillian Conrad never believed in vampires. But she’s just become a living, breathing weapon against them. Attacked by a desperate scientist, she is injected with a serum that was supposed to act as a deadly poison to vampires. And when the scientist is gunned down in front of her, his secrets die with him. Declan Reese was only half-vampire, but he hates them with all his heart. He knows that the poison in Jillian’s veins could finally destroy the undead kingdom. Also, the serum has had an unintended effect, making her blood irresistible to all vampires – including Declan, whose bloodthirsty traits are driven into a frenzy by her. Driven by duty to protect her and by instinct to crave her, Declan takes Jillian into his shadowy world of blood and battle. But he soon realises his increasing need for her may be a different kind of hunger…

Lilith Saintcrow
Taken
Harlequin Nocturne (US: February 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Sophie Wilson never believed she was special. Avoiding a violent ex, she can’t remember the last time she felt truly safe. Then vampires murder her best friend and Sophie is kidnapped by a dangerously sexy shapeshifter. Zach insists Sophie is a shaman – someone with a rare gift for taming a shifter’s savage side – and he needs her to help him save his pack. Now, with a malevolent enemy closing in, Sophie and Zach must risk everything on a bond that may be their only salvation…

Stacey Jay
The Locket
Penguin Razorbill (US: 3rd February 2011; CA: 8th February 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

On her seventeenth birthday, Katie discovers a locket and decides to wear it for good luck. But when her boyfriend Isaac finds out she cheated on him – with their mutual best friend Mitch, no less – he dumps her, leaving her devastated. And then a miracle happens. The locket burns on Katie’s chest and she feels herself going back two weeks in time, to the night she cheated with Mitch. At first, Kate is delighted to be a better girlfriend to Isaac this time around. But as other aspects of her life become inexplicably altered, she realises that changing the past may have had a dangerous effect on her present. Can she make things right before the locket destroys everything – and everyone – she loves?

Jeaniene Frost
This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 5)
HarperCollins Avon (CA: 4th February 2011; US: 22nd February 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband Bones have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they’ve triumphed over the latest battle, Cat’s new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance…With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumours abound that a species war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage. Now Cat and Bones are forced to seek help from a dangerous “ally” – the ghoul queen of New Orleans herself. But the price of her assistance may prove more treacherous than even the threat of a supernatural war…to say nothing of the repercussions Cat never imagined.

Catherine Fisher
Incarceron (Incarceron, Book 1)
Penguin Firebird (CA: 8th February 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible. And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside – she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage. Finn is determined to escape the prison, and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don’t realise that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know.

Carrie Ryan
The Dead-Tossed Waves (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Book 2)
Random House Delacorte (US & CA: 8th February 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Gabry lives a quiet life, secure in her town next to the sea and behind the Barrier. She’s content to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. Home is all she’s ever known, and all she needs for happiness. But life after the Return is never safe, and there are threats even the Barrier can’t hold back. Gabry’s mother thought she left her secrets behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, but like the dead in their world, secrets don’t stay buried. And now, Gabry’s world is crumbling. One night beyond the Barrier…One boy Gabry’s known forever and one veiled in mystery…One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Gabry knows only one thing: if she is to have any hope of a future, she must face the forest of her mother’s past.

Leah Clifford
A Touch Mortal
HarperCollins Greenwillow (CA: 11th February 2011; US: 22nd February 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Eden didn’t expect Az. Not his saunter down the beach toward her. Not his unbelievable pick-up line. Not the instant, undeniable connection. And not his wings. Yeah. So long, happily-ever-after. Now trapped between life and death, cursed to spread chaos with her every touch, Eden could be the key in the eternal struggle between heaven and hell. All because she gave her heart to one of the Fallen, an angel cast out of heaven. She may lose everything she ever had. She may be betrayed by those she loves most. But Eden will not be a pawn in anyone else’s game. Her heart is her own. And that’s only the beginning of the end.

Kim Harrison
Pale Demon (The Hollows, Book 9)
HarperCollins Eos (CA: 11th February 2011; US: 22nd February 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Condemned and shunned for black magic, Rachel Morgan has three days to get to the annual witches’ conference and clear her name, or be trapped in the demonic ever-after…forever after. But a witch, an elf, a living vampire, and a pixy in one car going across the country? Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, even without being the targets for assassination. For after centuries of torment, a fearsome demon walks in the sunlight – freed at last to slay the innocent and devour their souls. But his ultimate goal is Rachel Morgan, and in the fight for survival that follows, even embracing her own demonic nature may not be enough to save her.

Sophie Littlefield
Aftertime
Harlequin Luna (US: 15th February 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Awakening in a bleak landscape as scarred as her body, Cass Dollar vaguely recalls surviving something terrible. Wearing unfamiliar clothes and having no idea how many days – or weeks – have passed, she slowly realises the horrifying truth: Ruthie has vanished. And with her, nearly all of civilisation. Where once-lush hills carried cars and commerce, the roads today see only cannibalistic Beaters – people turned hungry for human flesh by a government experiment gone wrong. In a broken, barren California, Cass will undergo a harrowing quest to get her Ruthie back. Few people trust an outsider, let alone a woman who became a zombie and somehow turned back, but she finds help from an enigmatic outlaw, Smoke. Smoke is her saviour, and her safety. For the Beaters are out there. And the humans grip at survival with their trigger fingers. Especially when they learn that she and Ruthie have become the most feared, and desired, of weapons in a brave new world…

Maria V. Snyder
Outside In (Insider, Book 2)
Harlequin Teen (US: 15th February 2011)
Review
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Me? A leader? Okay, I did prove that there’s more to Inside than we knew. That a whole world exists beyond this cube we live in. And finding that led to a major rebellion – between worker scrubs like me and the snobby uppers who rule our world. Make that ruled. Because of me, we’re free. I thought that meant I was off the hook, and could go off on my own again – while still touching base with Riley, of course. He’s the one upper I think I can trust. But then we learned that there’s outside and then there is Outside. And something from Outside wants In.

Jennifer Armintrout
American Vampire [also published as A Vampire’s Penance]
Harlequin Mira (US: 22nd February 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Buried in the Heartland is a town that no one enters or leaves. Graf McDonald somehow becomes its first visitor in more than five years…and he was only looking for a good party. Unfortunately, Penance, Ohio, is not that place. And after having been isolated for so long, they do not like strangers at all. Jessa’s the only one to even remotely trust him, and she’s desperate for the kind of protection that only a vampire like Graf can provide. Supplies are low, the locals are ornery for a sacrifice and there’s a monster more powerful than Graf lurking in the woods. New men are hard to come by in this lonesome town, and this handsome stranger might be Jessa’s only hope for salvation. Even if she has to die first…

Kelly Keaton
Darkness Becomes Her (Gods & Monsters, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster Pulse (US & CA: 22nd February 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is. Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued. She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very…different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her. Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.

Caitlin Kittredge
The Iron Thorn (The Iron Codex, Book 1)
Random House Delacorte (US & CA: 22nd February 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft’s epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical – born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day. Aoife Grayson’s family is unique, in the worst way – every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their sixteenth birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.

Richelle Mead
Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Book 5)
Penguin Razorbill (US & CA: 22nd February 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s – and to her best friend, Lissa. It is at long last graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere. She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him…forever.

Richelle Mead
Iron Crowned (Dark Swan, Book 3)
Kensington Zebra (US: 22nd February 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham is the best at banishing entities trespassing in the mortal realm. But as the Thorn Land’s queen, she’s fast running out of ways to end the brutal war devastating her kingdom. Her only hope: the Iron Crown, a legendary object even the most powerful gentry fear…Who Eugenie can trust is the hardest part. Fairy king Dorian has his own agenda for aiding her search. And Kiyo, her shape-shifter ex-boyfriend, has every reason to betray her along the way. To control the Crown’s ever-consuming powers, Eugenie will have to confront an unimaginable temptation – one that will put her soul and the fate of two worlds in mortal peril…

Alayna Williams
Rogue Oracle (Delphic Oracle, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster Pocket Juno (US & CA: 22nd February 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Tara Sheridan is the best criminal profiler around – and the most unconventional. Trained as a forensic psychologist, Tara also specialises in Tarot card reading. But she doesn’t need her divination skills to realise that the new assignment from her friend and sometime lover, Agent Harry Li, is a dangerous proposition in every way. Former Cold War operatives, all linked to a top-secret operation tracking the disposal of nuclear weapons in Russia, are disappearing. There are no bodies, and no clues to their whereabouts. Harry suspects a conspiracy to sell arms to the highest bidder. The cards – and Tara’s increasingly ominous dreams – suggest something darker. Even as Tara sorts through her feelings for Harry and her fractured relationships with the mysterious order known as Delphi’s Daughters, a killer is growing more ruthless by the day. And a nightmare that began decades ago in Chernobyl will reach a terrifying endgame that not even Tara could have foreseen…

Rachel Caine
Fade Out (Morganville Vampires, Book 7)
Penguin Razorbill (AU: 28th February 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Without the evil vampire Bishop ruling over the town of Morganville, the resident vampires have made major concessions to the human population. With their new-found freedom, Claire Danvers and her friends are almost starting to feel comfortable again…Now Claire can actually concentrate on her studies, and her friend Eve joins the local theatre company. But when one of Eve’s cast-mates goes missing after starting work on a short documentary, Eve suspects the worst. Claire and Eve soon realise that this film project, featuring the vampires themselves, is a whole lot bigger – and way more dangerous – than anyone suspected.

Rachel Caine
Kiss of Death (Morganville Vampires, Book 8)
Penguin Razorbill (AU: 28th February 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Claire Danvers has a few things on her mind. First of all there is the laundry, which is now an unfortunate shade of pink. Then there is her boyfriend, Shane, who is never too far from her thoughts. Finally there is her best friend Eve’s relationship problems. As if life as a student wasn’t complicated enough, Claire just happens to be studying in Morganville. A town run by vampires. Trouble seems to follow Claire and her friends like a shadow and tonight is no exception to the rule. They must find the most difficult documents for a vampire to acquire; people passes that will allow “bad ass” Morley and his friends to leave Morganville. But it’s proving incredibly difficult, and with the odds seemingly stacked against them, the biggest question of all is…Will they survive?

Rachel Caine
Ghost Town (Morganville Vampires, Book 9)
Penguin Razorbill (AU: 28th February 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

When Claire is ordered to repair the systems that protect Morganville, it’s not just cutting into her study time, it’s a life-threatening problem. If there’s one thing this vampire-infested town is serious about, it’s security. But achieving the impossible only brings a whole new set of problems, and the upgrades have unexpected consequences: people inside the town are slowly beginning to forget who they are, even the vampires. Soon, the town’s little memory problem has turned into a full-on epidemic. Now Claire needs to figure out a way to pull the plug on her experiment – before she forgets how to save Morganville…

3 responses to “February 2011 Releases

  1. Thanks for the shout-out, Tez!

  2. I love the Iron Witch and Iron Thorn covers. Is “Iron” the new “Darkness”? 😛

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